Junior Elite Skills Camp

June 27–29, 2018
McDaniel College
2 College Avenue Westminster, MD

Please note that our 2018 Junior Elite Skills Camp will be Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

Our Junior Elite Skills Camp returns to McDaniel College for its sixth year. Designed for the beginner to intermediate level 12–16 year-old triathlete and taught exclusively by USA Triathlon Certified Coaches, our three-day, two-night Skills Camp focuses on the fundamentals within triathlon's four disciplines: swimming, biking, running, and transition. Scheduled in late June, our Junior Elite Skills Camp allows triathletes to use the camp as a lead-in to the final USA Triathlon Elite Cup qualifier in West Des Moines, Iowa.

At a Glance

  • USA Triathlon Certified Coaches
  • Three days, two nights
  • 12–16 year-olds (born in 2002–2006)
  • Check in Wednesday morning, check out Friday evening
  • Road bike with drop style handle bars required

About Junior Elite Skills Camps

"A camp is worth a year of racing experience." Steve Kelley, USA Triathlon Junior/U23 Program Manager

Junior Elite Skills Camps are designed with the beginner to intermediate level 12–16 year-old triathlete in mind. These camps focus on the fundamentals of triathlon's four disciplines: swimming, biking, running, and transition. In the pool, triathletes will work on swim stroke fundamentals, starts, buoy turns, navigation, and simulated open water swimming. On the bike, triathletes will practice cornering, climbing, descending, and braking skills and be introduced to pack riding and entry-level, draft-legal racing skills. Run drills will focus on dynamic warm-ups, proper form, and transition runs. Significant focus will be placed on mastering ITU-style flow through transitions with flying mounts and dismounts. Triathletes will also learn about sports nutrition and how to structure their training, and USA Triathlon Certified Youth and Junior Coaches will discuss how to keep triathlon in balance with school sports. Triathletes will benefit from working with coaches having specific youth triathlon education, training and certification while learning alongside peers who share their interest in the sport of triathlon.

Junior Elite Skills Camps follows USA Triathlon's age group competition rule. Triathletes born in the years 2002–2006 may attend our Junior Elite Skills Camp.

Athletic Prerequisites

While previous multisport experience is not required, campers must be able to swim 200 meters continuously, confidently ride a road bike with drop style handle bars (hybrid bikes and triathlon bikes with aero bars are not allowed), and run 2 kilometers (1.24 miles) without stopping.

Registration, Fees, Camp Size

Registration will close once the camp size has reached 25 campers to maintain a five to one camper to staff ratio.

January 1–15, 2018 $399
January 16 – February 28, 2018 $449
March 1 – April 30, 2018 $499
May 1 – June 24, 2018 $549

Please note, registration fees above do not include imATHLETE transaction fees or USA Triathlon youth membership.

USA Triathlon Sanctioned Event

Our Junior Elite Skills Camp is a USA Triathlon Sanctioned Camp. It signifies that USA Triathlon has reviewed and approved our course curriculum and emergency and safety plans, and that our coaching staff all hold current USA Triathlon coaching certifications which includes CPR certification and an NCSI background check.

USA Triathlon Youth Membership Required

Participants must be USAT youth members. If your triathlete's membership has expired, expires before camp, or he/she is not a USAT youth member, you may renew or purchase a youth membership at the time of registration. An annual (12 calendar months) USAT youth membership is now only $10 and includes these benefits.

Your Coaches

Christy Lausch leverages 20 years of multisport experience, holds USA Triathlon Level 1, USA Triathlon Level 2 and USA Triathlon Youth & Junior coaching certifications, and is a USA Triathlon talent identification liaison. Christy leads the Junior Elite Women's Select Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and is a regular instructor for USA Triathlon Coaching Education's Youth & Junior coaching certification program.

Amy Maxwell holds USA Triathlon Level 1, USA Triathlon Level 2 and USA Triathlon Youth & Junior coaching certifications, is a USA Track & Field Certified Level 1 Coach, and is a Corrective Exercise Specialist and Personal Trainer certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Jake Fox is a competitive age group triathlete and holds USA Triathlon Level 1 and USA Triathlon Youth & Junior coaching certifications, and is a USA Cycling Level 3 coach. In 2017, Jake qualified for and competed at the [draft-legal] ITU Age Group World Championship in Rotterdam Netherlands.

Frank Fitzpatrick is a former elementary and current middle school teacher in Montgomery County, Maryland, and holds USA Triathlon Level 1 and USA Triathlon Youth & Junior coaching certifications.

Junior Elite Skills Camp Guide

Our Junior Elite Skills Camp Guide will be emailed to triathletes and parents one month before camp and will include a packing list, camp schedule, Code of Conduct and Medical Consent.

Check In, Check Out

Check in will be 7 a.m. Wednesday, June 27, 2018 and check out will be 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 29, 2018.

Camp Location

Our Junior Elite Skills Camp will be hosted at McDaniel College. McDaniel College is a private college located in Westminster, MD, a small, historic town just 30 miles northwest of Baltimore's Inner Harbor and 60 miles north of Washington, D.C. Triathletes will enjoy traditional dormitory housing adjacent to the pool and dining hall and a short walk to the track. Sports fields and reserved parking lots will provide areas for transition, bike handling, and running drills, and the surrounding area will allow triathletes to safely practice individual and group riding techniques.

Lodging Before or After Camp

Should you need a hotel room Tuesday evening before check in Wednesday morning, or Friday evening after check out, there is a Best Western adjacent to the McDaniel College campus. 

Refund Policy

There are no refunds, deferments, or transfers of registrations.


Questions about Skills Camp? Contact the Head Coach, Christy Lausch, at christy@minicowtriclub.com